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English Dictionary: drum by the DICT Development Group
10 results for drum
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end
    Synonym(s): drum, membranophone, tympan
  2. the sound of a drum; "he could hear the drums before he heard the fifes"
  3. a bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends
    Synonym(s): barrel, drum
  4. a cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids
    Synonym(s): drum, metal drum
  5. a hollow cast-iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes
    Synonym(s): brake drum, drum
  6. small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise
    Synonym(s): drum, drumfish
  1. make a rhythmic sound; "Rain drummed against the windshield"; "The drums beat all night"
    Synonym(s): drum, beat, thrum
  2. play a percussion instrument
  3. study intensively, as before an exam; "I had to bone up on my Latin verbs before the final exam"
    Synonym(s): cram, grind away, drum, bone up, swot, get up, mug up, swot up, bone
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Vase \Vase\ (v[amac]s or v[aum]z; 277), n. [F. vase; cf. Sp. &
      It. vaso; fr. L. vas, vasum. Cf. {Vascular}, {Vessel}.]
      1. A vessel adapted for various domestic purposes, and
            anciently for sacrificial uses; especially, a vessel of
            antique or elegant pattern used for ornament; as, a
            porcelain vase; a gold vase; a Grecian vase. See Illust.
            of {Portland vase}, under {Portland}.
                     No chargers then were wrought in burnished gold, Nor
                     silver vases took the forming mold.   --Pope.
      2. (Arch.)
            (a) A vessel similar to that described in the first
                  definition above, or the representation of one in a
                  solid block of stone, or the like, used for an
                  ornament, as on a terrace or in a garden. See Illust.
                  of {Niche}.
            (b) The body, or naked ground, of the Corinthian and
                  Composite capital; -- called also {tambour}, and
      Note: Until the time of Walker (1791), vase was made to rhyme
               with base,, case, etc., and it is still commonly so
               pronounced in the United States. Walker made it to
               rhyme with phrase, maze, etc. Of modern English
               practice, Mr. A. J. Ellis (1874) says: [bd]Vase has
               four pronunciations in English: v[add]z, which I most
               commonly say, is going out of use, v[84]z I hear most
               frequently, v[be]z very rarely, and v[be]s I only know
               from Cull's marking. On the analogy of case, however,
               it should be the regular sound.[b8]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Swag \Swag\, n. [Australia]
      (a) A tramping bushman's luggage, rolled up either in canvas
            or in a blanket so as to form a long bundle, and carried
            on the back or over the shoulder; -- called also a
            {bluey}, or a {drum}.
      (b) Any bundle of luggage similarly rolled up; hence, luggage
            in general.
                     He tramped for years till the swag he bore seemed
                     part of himself.                              --Lawson.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Drum \Drum\, v. t.
      1. To execute on a drum, as a tune.
      2. (With out) To expel ignominiously, with beat of drum; as,
            to drum out a deserter or rogue from a camp, etc.
      3. (With up) To assemble by, or as by, beat of drum; to
            collect; to gather or draw by solicitation; as, to drum up
            recruits; to drum up customers.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Drum \Drum\, n. [Cf. D. trom, trommel, LG. trumme, G. trommel,
      Dan. tromme, Sw. trumma, OHG. trumba a trumpet, Icel. pruma a
      clap of thunder, and as a verb, to thunder, Dan. drum a
      booming sound, drumme to boom; prob. partly at least of
      imitative origin; perh. akin to E. trum, or trumpet.]
      1. (Mus.) An instrument of percussion, consisting either of a
            hollow cylinder, over each end of which is stretched a
            piece of skin or vellum, to be beaten with a stick; or of
            a metallic hemisphere (kettledrum) with a single piece of
            skin to be so beaten; the common instrument for marking
            time in martial music; one of the pair of tympani in an
            orchestra, or cavalry band.
                     The drums cry bud-a-dub.                     --Gascoigne.
      2. Anything resembling a drum in form; as:
            (a) A sheet iron radiator, often in the shape of a drum,
                  for warming an apartment by means of heat received
                  from a stovepipe, or a cylindrical receiver for steam,
            (b) A small cylindrical box in which figs, etc., are
            (c) (Anat.) The tympanum of the ear; -- often, but
                  incorrectly, applied to the tympanic membrane.
            (d) (Arch.) One of the cylindrical, or nearly cylindrical,
                  blocks, of which the shaft of a column is composed;
                  also, a vertical wall, whether circular or polygonal
                  in plan, carrying a cupola or dome.
            (e) (Mach.) A cylinder on a revolving shaft, generally for
                  the purpose of driving several pulleys, by means of
                  belts or straps passing around its periphery; also,
                  the barrel of a hoisting machine, on which the rope or
                  chain is wound.
      3. (Zo[94]l.) See {Drumfish}.
      4. A noisy, tumultuous assembly of fashionable people at a
            private house; a rout. [Archaic]
                     Not unaptly styled a drum, from the noise and
                     emptiness of the entertainment.         --Smollett.
      Note: There were also drum major, rout, tempest, and
               hurricane, differing only in degrees of multitude and
               uproar, as the significant name of each declares.
      5. A tea party; a kettledrum. --G. Eliot.
      {Bass drum}. See in the Vocabulary.
      {Double drum}. See under {Double}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Drum \Drum\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Drummed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      1. To beat a drum with sticks; to beat or play a tune on a
      2. To beat with the fingers, as with drumsticks; to beat with
            a rapid succession of strokes; to make a noise like that
            of a beaten drum; as, the ruffed grouse drums with his
                     Drumming with his fingers on the arm of his chair.
                                                                              --W. Irving.
      3. To throb, as the heart. [R.] --Dryden.
      4. To go about, as a drummer does, to gather recruits, to
            draw or secure partisans, customers, etc,; -- with for.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Drumfish \Drum"fish`\, n. (Zo[94]l.)
      Any fish of the family {Sci[91]nid[91]}, which makes a loud
      noise by means of its air bladder; -- called also {drum}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Croaker \Croak"er\ (-?r), n.
      1. One who croaks, murmurs, grumbles, or complains
            unreasonably; one who habitually forebodes evil.
      2. (Zo[94]l.)
            (a) A small American fish ({Micropogon undulatus}), of the
                  Atlantic coast.
            (a) An American fresh-water fish ({Aplodinotus
                  grunniens}); -- called also {drum}.
            (c) The surf fish of California.
      Note: When caught these fishes make a croaking sound; whence
               the name, which is often corrupted into crocus.

From Jargon File (4.2.0, 31 JAN 2000) [jargon]:
   drum adj, n.   Ancient techspeak term referring to slow,
   cylindrical magnetic media that were once state-of-the-art storage
   devices.   Under BSD Unix the disk partition used for swapping is
   still called `/dev/drum'; this has led to considerable humor and not
   a few straight-faced but utterly bogus `explanations' getting
   foisted on {newbie}s.   See also "{The Story of Mel}" in Appendix A.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      Ancient slow, cylindrical magnetic media that were once
      state-of-the-art storage devices.   Under {BSD} {Unix} the disk
      partition used for swapping is still called "/dev/drum"; this
      has led to considerable humour and not a few straight-faced
      but utterly bogus "explanations" getting foisted on {newbie}s.
      See also "{The Story of Mel}".
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